PROLOGUE TO PHÆDRA AND HIPPOLYTUS.
SPOKEN BY MR. WILKES.
Long has a race of heroes fill'd the stage,
That rant by note, and through the gamut rage:
In songs and airs express their martial fire,
Combat in trills, and in a fugue expire;
While lull'd by sound, and undisturb'd by wit,
Calm and serene you indolently sit:
And from the dull fatigue of thinking free,
Hear the facetious fiddles' repartee:
Our homespun authors must forsake the field,
And Shakespeare to the soft Scarlatti yield.
To your new taste the poet of this day,
Was by a friend advis'd to form his play;
Had Velentini, musically coy,
Shun'd Phædra's arms, and scorn'd the proffer'd joy,
It had not mov'd your wonder to have seen
An eunuch fly from an enamour'd queen:
How would it please, should she in English speak,
And could Hippolytus reply in Greek?
But he, a stranger to your modish way,
By your old rules must stand or fall to-day.
And hopes you will your foreign taste command,
To bear, for once, with what you understand.
A tragedy written by Mr. Edmund Smith.
The Works of Joseph Addison. Vol III.
New York: Harper Brothers, 1864. 433.
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